Wednesday, November 8, 2023
– The Country Music Association awarded Marcus K. Dowling, The Tennessean's Nashville music reporter, with the 2023 CMA Media Achievement Award on Monday.
Dowling was surprised with news of his win backstage at Bridgestone Arena during rehearsals for "The 57th Annual CMA Awards," which are tonight, by five-time CMA Awards nominee and first-time performer Jelly Roll as well as first-time performer K. Michelle.
Jelly Roll and K. Michelle will take the CMA Awards stage to perform "Love Can Build a Bridge."
The CMA Media Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of print and internet journalists, columnists, authors, editors, television writers, producers and bookers and syndicated radio reporters in the media as they relate to Country Music. The award is voted on by publicist members of CMA.
Dowling joined The Tennessean in 2021. The award-winning journalist is also a screenwriter, whose credits include projects with Viacom and A&E Networks and more.
The 57th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, broadcasts live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. on ABC.